The issue of morality in politics was before council again on Monday, raised in a presentation by local resident Richard Peachey.
Peachey has repeatedly told city council they have both a right and a duty to make morality-based decisions.
He made a similar presentation at a Jan. 21 meeting of council, speaking in opposition to the former Lingerie Football League’s use of the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre (AESC), due to the “offensive” content of the sport.
Coun. Henry Braun subsequently introduced a motion to develop a written policy to help guide staff decisions on what organizations can use city facilities.
The motion passed, despite Mayor Bruce Banman’s warnings that the city “is not the morality police.” He called such a policy a “slippery slope.”
The motion was later rescinded, with Banman saying that councillors who had supported the idea had contacted him afterward, saying they wanted to change the way they voted.
Peachey’s presentation on Monday reiterated his call for the city to deal with issues of morality. He raised the concern that the city recently banned the sale and distribution of shark fins, labelling it as a “noxious and offensive business.” Peachey said that was a moral decision, and that “council has taken a rather easy-going attitude when it suits them.”
Peachey said it is evident that a municipality may legislate issues of morality, and council should take a stance.
“You know full well what is sleazy and disgusting and what is good for this community.”
Council received Peachey’s delegation without discussion.